AROUND THE HORN: Zimmermans repeat as CSGA Parent/Child champs; Hoover, Endicott advance in NCAA tennis tourney; CA’s Aybar state’s Gatorade football player

AROUND THE HORN: Zimmermans repeat as CSGA Parent/Child champs; Hoover, Endicott advance in NCAA tennis tourney; CA’s Aybar state’s Gatorade football player

Record-Journal

MERIDEN — Clutch putting enabled Les Zimmerman and his son Brett to successfully defend their crown at the Connecticut State Golf Association’s Parent/Child Championship this week at Clinton Country Club.

The Zimmermans combined for a 1-over-par 73 to win by three strokes. After stumbling out of the gate with a bogey, the Zimmermans quickly found their groove and pieced together an 18-hole round that featured three birdies and four bogeys.

“We sort of zigged and zagged all day long,” Les Zimmerman told the CSGA. “On a lot of holes we had one shot where we needed a player to hit the shot, and they did.”

This was the second year of the Parent/Child Championship, which replaced the CSGA’s former father/son event. 

The tournament follows the Chapman format. Both players on a team tee off, then play each other’s ball on the second shot. One of the second shots is then selected to continue play with alternating strokes. (On par-3 holes, choice of ball is made after the first shot.)

Hoover nets All-CCC tennis honors

WALLINGFORD — In Baltimore for the NCAA Division III Tennis Tournament with her Endicott College teammates, Wallingford’s Justin Hoover got word Friday that she’s been named  to the All-Commonweath Coast Conference Team for singles and doubles.

Hoover went 7-0 at No. 1 singles this spring, which landed the junior out of Sheehan All-CCC First Team designation.

Hoover was also 4-0 at No. 2 doubles with partner Ashley Keaveney. That put the duo on the All-CCC Second Team.

Hoover and the Gulls won the Commonweath Coast Conference championship to advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2014-15. They opened tournament play at Johns Hopkins on Friday with a 6-0 first-round sweep of Nazareth. Endicott is now 10-0.

Next up is a second-round match with Tufts on Saturday. Tufts is ranked No. 11 nationally.

Cheshire Academy’s Aybar state’s Gatorade football player

CHESHIRE — Wilfredo Aybar, Cheshire Academy’s 6-foot-4, 240-pound junior defensive end, has been named the 2020-21 Gatorade Connecticut Football Player of the Year.

Aybar, a native of Fall River, Mass., was named First Team All-New England Prep School Athletic Council for the second straight year. He recorded 39 tackles and four sacks during CA’s abbreviated three-game fall 2020 season.

One of those games was against Choate.

“On the field, Wilfredo’s a complete terror,” Choate head football coach L.J. Spinnato told Gatorade. “He’s strong, he’s powerful, he’s quick. He kicked our butts, no doubt about that.”      

Aybar has plenty of college suitors. He has received more than 20 scholarship offers from Division I programs.

 


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